Mir Shaukat Ali Khan

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Mir Shaukat Ali Khan
Born 1917
Died 22 May 2003(2003-05-22) (aged 85–86)[1]
Islamabad, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Ruler of a princely state within Pakistan
Known for His loyalty to the state of Pakistan
Awards Hilal-i-Pakistan Award by the President of Pakistan[1]

میر شوکت علی خان Mir Shoukat Ali Khan (1917 – 22 May 2003), was the last Prince of State of Nagar. He was the last ruler of the defunct princely state of State of Nagar within Pakistan. This ruling dynasty was named after his grandfather Raja Mir Iskandar Khan.[1]

Devotion to the state of Pakistan[edit]

"He was a very close friend of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He announced accession of his state to Pakistan despite tremendous pressure put on him by Maharaja of Kashmir, who threatened to confiscate his entire property in Srinagar,"[1] if , as a princely state ruler, he chose to accede his state to the newly-independent state of Pakistan in December 1947. "A Letter of Accession was signed by him, Mir of Hunza and Quaid-I-Azam on December 7, 1947, according to which both the princely states of Nagar and Hunza announced their accession to Pakistan."[1] "Mir Shaukat Ali ruled the Nagar state until 1973, when the late prime minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, abolished the state in 1973 along with other princely states throughout Gilgit-Baltistan."[1] Also, he once donated Rupees 1.5 million to the state of Pakistan on the advice of Jinnah.

Death and survivors[edit]

Mir Shaukat Ali Khan died on 22 May 2003 of kidney failure at Islamabad, Pakistan at age 86. He is survived by three sons, two daughters and a widow. "His eldest son Barkat Ali is a senior official of the Pakistan Foreign Service."[1] Mir Barkat Ali Khan stayed only the ceremonial ruler of the defunct Nagar state until his death at age 62 in a car accident in 2011. Then his eldest son Mir Qasim Ali Khan became the ceremonial ruler (Mir) of defunct Nagar State.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h https://www.dawn.com/news/103256, Nagar state's former ruler passes away, Dawn newspaper, Published 24 May 2003, Retrieved 4 April 2017
  2. ^ [1], 'The ruling Mir of Gilgit-Baltistan's Nagar district', The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 7 August 2016, Retrieved 4 April 2017